Around 4 million people, many of them students, but all ages, protested around the world yesterday. They gathered to speak in protection of the planet on which we live, an organism that needs to function successfully in order for us to survive.
On June 20, 1979, Democratic president Jimmy Carter had 32 solar panels installed on the White House roof to use the rays of the sun to heat water.
When Republican Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, he immediately had them removed.
The United States has produced more emissions than any other country since the start of the industrial age and yet we have a president now rolling back 85 environmental regulations.
Reading the list makes me sick, so maybe we’ll expire in an ingestion of disgust so it won’t matter that our air is unbreathable and our water polluted.
Meanwhile, 16 year old Greta Thunberg has stepped out of the classroom to speak. Our leader has risen, our Joan of Arc.
Each of us is a process; our planet is a process, a “systematic series of actions directed to some end”. We’re not helpless; we’re here with a purpose, a community of interdependence stimulated and programmed to evolve.
On Wednesday, Greta said this to members of Congress in the House Ways and Means Committee.
“This is not the time and place for dreams, this is the time to wake up. This is the moment in history we need to be wide awake.”
“This is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced, you cannot solve a crisis without treating it as one. Stop telling people that everything will be fine. As it looks now, everything won’t be fine.”
“If it continues like that we’re not going to get anywhere, actually transform words into action — the action we need now.”
And on this beautiful day, as we in the Northern hemisphere tilt toward fall, the leaves are changing color, preparing to drop, and in that letting go, enrich and protect the roots in the ground. They show us the way. We can drop into awareness of the crisis, leaving the branches of support open and clear. We’re led by nature, and the natural processes that have given us Greta. She inspires us to act.